The Office of the Employer Adviser (OEA) is an independent agency of the Government of Ontario, providing free,confidential and expert worker’s compensation services to Ontario employers.
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The WSIB’s 2021 maximum insurable earnings ceiling was reduced
The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) was amended to reduce the 2021 maximum insurable earnings ceiling from $102,800 to $97,308. This change is retroactive to January 1, 2021. Employers should use the updated maximum insurable earnings ceiling of $97,308 when reporting all 2021 insurable earnings to the WSIB.
Reminder on paying any amounts deferred under the WSIB’s financial relief package
If you participated in the WSIB’s financial relief package in 2020, the deadline to repay any amounts deferred under the financial relief package (including any 2020 NEER or CAD-7 surcharges) is June 30, 2021.
Reporting to the WSIB regarding an employee’s adverse reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine
The WSIB has indicated that in cases where an employee received a vaccine as a compulsory part of their employment (e.g.: the employer has a rule or policy requiring that employees be vaccinated) and experienced an adverse reaction to the vaccine, the employee may be eligible for WSIB benefits and the employer should file a Form 7 with the WSIB. The WSIB has further noted that an adverse reaction is a reaction that is serious and unexpected, causing symptoms beyond what might be considered normal side effects from a vaccine.
Additionally, the WSIB has announced that the costs of any COVID-19 vaccination claims will be allocated on a Schedule-wide basis (rather than being allocated to a specific employer or class).
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